Sunday Service for Palm Sunday


¶          The Gathering                                                                                                                    

The priest says

            In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit



The Greeting


The priest greets the people 

The Lord be with you

and also with you.


            Entrance Antiphon  Cf. Jn 12: 1, 12-13; Ps 23: 9-10 


Six days before the Passover, when the Lord came into the city of Jerusalem, the children ran to meet him; 

in their hands they carried palm branches and with a loud voice cried out: 

Hosanna in the highest! 

Blessed are you, who have come in your abundant mercy! 


O gates, lift high your heads; 

grow higher, ancient doors. 

Let him enter, the king of glory!  

Who is this king of glory? 

He, the Lord of hosts, he is the king of glory. 


Hosanna in the highest! 

Blessed are you, who have come in your abundant mercy! 


Prayers of Penitence


Invitation to confession

The priest invites the people to confess their sins in these or other suitable words

Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you,
through our own fault,
in thought, and word, and deed,
and in what we have left undone.
For your Son our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake,
forgive us all that is past;
and grant that we may serve you in newness of life
to the glory of your name.

If the following prayer is said by a layperson, change you to us. The priest says 

Almighty God,
who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy upon you,
pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
and keep you in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Kyrie Eleison

           Lord, have mercy            

Lord, have mercy   

           Christ, have mercy          

Christ, have mercy     

            Lord, have mercy            

 Lord, have mercy        


           The Collect                                                                                    

The priest introduces a period of silent prayer with the words ‘Let us pray’. 

            Almighty ever-living God, 

who as an example of humility for the human race to follow 

caused our Saviour to take flesh and submit to the Cross, 

graciously grant that we may heed his lesson of patient suffering 

and so merit a share in his Resurrection. 

Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, 

one God, for ever and ever. 



¶                 The Liturgy of the Word                                                             

First reading     Isaiah 50:4-7 


A reading from the prophet Isaiah.


I did not cover my face against insult: I know I shall not be shamed 

The Lord has given me 

a disciple’s tongue. 

So that I may know how to reply to the wearied 

he provides me with speech. 

Each morning he wakes me to hear, 

to listen like a disciple. 

The Lord has opened my ear. 

For my part, I made no resistance, 

neither did I turn away. 

I offered my back to those who struck me, 

my cheeks to those who tore at my beard; 

I did not cover my face 

against insult and spittle. 

The Lord comes to my help, 

so that I am untouched by the insults. 

So, too, I set my face like flint; 

I know I shall not be shamed. 


The Word of the Lord.

 Thanks be to God.


Responsorial Psalm 21(22):8-9,17-20,23-24 


My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? 

All who see me deride me. 

    They curl their lips, they toss their heads. 

‘He trusted in the Lord, let him save him; 

    let him release him if this is his friend.’ 

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? 


Many dogs have surrounded me, 

    a band of the wicked beset me. 

They tear holes in my hands and my feet 

    I can count every one of my bones. 

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? 


They divide my clothing among them. 

    They cast lots for my robe. 

O Lord, do not leave me alone, 

    my strength, make haste to help me! 

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? 


I will tell of your name to my brethren 

    and praise you where they are assembled. 

‘You who fear the Lord give him praise; 

    all sons of Jacob, give him glory. 

    Revere him, Israel’s sons. 

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? 


Second reading    Philippians 2:6-11 


A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Philippians


Christ humbled himself but God raised him high 

His state was divine, 

yet Christ Jesus did not cling 

to his equality with God 

but emptied himself 

to assume the condition of a slave 

and became as men are; 

and being as all men are, 

he was humbler yet, 

even to accepting death, 

death on a cross. 

But God raised him high 

and gave him the name 

which is above all other names 

so that all beings 

in the heavens, on earth and in the underworld, 

should bend the knee at the name of Jesus 

and that every tongue should acclaim 

Jesus Christ as Lord, 

to the glory of God the Father. 


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Gospel Acclamation        Phil2:8-9 


Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory! 

Christ was humbler yet, 

even to accepting death, death on a cross. 

But God raised him high 

and gave him the name which is above all names. 

Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory! 


Gospel                  Matthew 27:11-54 


The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew 


Key: N. Narrator.  Jesus. O. Other single speaker. C. Crowd, or more than one speaker. 

    N. Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilate, the governor, and the governor put to him this question: 

    O. Are you the king of the Jews? 

    N. Jesus replied, 

    ✠ It is you who say it. 

    N. But when he was accused by the chief priests and the elders he refused to answer at all. Pilate then said to him, 

    O. Do you not hear how many charges they have brought against you? 

    N. But to the governor’s complete amazement, he offered no reply to any of the charges. 

    At festival time it was the governor’s practice to release a prisoner for the people, anyone they chose. Now there was at that time a notorious prisoner whose name was Barabbas. So when the crowd gathered, Pilate said to them, 

    O. Which do you want me to release for you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ? 

    N. For Pilate knew it was out of jealousy that they had handed him over. Now as he was seated in the chair of judgement, his wife sent him a message, 

    O. Have nothing to do with that man; I have been upset all day by a dream I had about him. 

    N. The chief priests and the elders, however, had persuaded the crowd to demand the release of Barabbas and the execution of Jesus. So when the governor spoke and asked them, 

    O. Which of the two do you want me to release for you? 

    N. they said,  

    C. Barabbas. 

    N. Pilate said to them: 

    O. But in that case, what am I to do with Jesus who is called Christ? 

    N. They all said: 

    C. Let him be crucified! 

    N. Pilate asked: 

    O. Why? What harm has he done? 

    N. But they shouted all the louder,  

    C. Let him be crucified! 

    N. Then Pilate saw that he was making no impression, that in fact a riot was imminent. So he took some water, washed his hands in front of the crowd and said, 

    O. I am innocent of this man’s blood. It is your concern. 

    N. And the people, to a man, shouted back, 

    C. His blood be on us and on our children! 

    N. Then he released Barabbas for them. He ordered Jesus to be first scourged and then handed over to be crucified. 

    The governor’s soldiers took Jesus with them into the Praetorium and collected the whole cohort round him. Then they stripped him and made him wear a scarlet cloak, and having twisted some thorns into a crown they put this on his head and placed a reed in his right hand. To make fun of him they knelt to him saying, 

    C. Hail, king of the Jews! 

    N. And they spat on him and took the reed and struck him on the head with it. And when they had finished making fun of him, they took off the cloak and dressed him in his own clothes and led him away to crucify him. 

    On their way out, they came across a man from Cyrene, Simon by name, and enlisted him to carry his cross. When they had reached a place called Golgotha, that is, the place of the skull, they gave him wine to drink mixed with gall, which he tasted but refused to drink. When they had finished crucifying him they shared out his clothing by casting lots, and then sat down and stayed there keeping guard over him. 

    Above his head was placed the charge against him; it read: ‘This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.’ At the same time two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left. 

    The passers-by jeered at him; they shook their heads and said, 

    C. So you would destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days! Then save yourself! If you are God’s son, come down from the cross! 

    N. The chief priests with the scribes and elders mocked him in the same way, saying: 

    C. He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the king of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. He puts his trust in God; now let God rescue him if he wants him. For he did say, ‘I am the son of God.’ 

    N. Even the robbers who were crucified with him taunted him in the same way. 

    From the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, 

    ✠ Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? 

    N. That is, ‘My God, my God, why have you deserted me?’ When some of those who stood there heard this, they said, 

    C. The man is calling on Elijah. 

    N. and one of them quickly ran to get a sponge which he dipped in vinegar and, putting it on a reed, gave it him to drink. The rest of them said: 

    C. Wait! See if Elijah will come to save him. 

    N. But Jesus, again crying out in a loud voice, yielded up his spirit. 

    Here all kneel and pause for a short time. 

    N. At that, the veil of the Temple was torn in two from top to bottom; the earth quaked; the rocks were split; the tombs opened and the bodies of many holy men rose from the dead, and these, after his resurrection, came out of the tombs, entered the Holy City and appeared to a number of people. Meanwhile the centurion, together with the others guarding Jesus, had seen the earthquake and all that was taking place, and they were terrified and said, 

    C. In truth this was a son of God. 


                   The Creed                                                                                                                   

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.


                   Prayers of Intercession                                                                                         

Let us pray to the Father, who loved the world so much that he sent his only Son to give us life.

[We stand with Christ in his suffering.]

For forgiveness for the many times we have denied Jesus,

let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For grace to seek out those habits of sin which mean

spiritual death,

and by prayer and self-discipline to overcome them,

let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For Christian people,

that through the suffering of disunity

there may grow a rich union in Christ,

let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For those who make laws, interpret them, and administer them,

that our common life may be ordered in justice and mercy,

let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For those who still make Jerusalem a battleground,

let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For those who have the courage and honesty to work openly for justice and peace,

let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For those in the darkness and agony of isolation,

that they may find support and encouragement,

let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For those who, weighed down with hardship, failure, or sorrow, feel that God is far from them,

let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For those who are tempted to give up the way of the cross,

let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

That we, with those who have died in faith,

may find mercy in the day of Christ,

let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


In a moment of silence we offer our own prayers. We pray for Martin, our bishop, for those suffering from the coronvirus and those In Isolation.

 If it is your tradition, you can join in with the following prayer as we ask Mary, mother of Jesus for her prayers.


Hail Mary, full of grace.
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.


Lord of the Church,
hear our prayer,
and make us one in heart and mind
to serve you in Christ our Lord. Amen.


¶                 The Liturgy of the Sacrament                                                     


The Peace

The priest introduces the peace.

Lord Jesus Christ who said to your Apostles: Peace I leave you, my peace I give you, look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church, and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will.
Who live and reign for ever and ever.


The peace of the Lord be always with you

and also with you.


Preparation of the Gifts                                                                                                  STAND

The gifts of the people gathered and presented. 


Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation for through your own goodness we have received

the bread we offer you: fruit of the earth and work of human hands, it will become for us the bread of life.

Blessed be God for ever.

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation for through your goodness we have received the wine we offer you:

Fruit of the vine and work of human hands, it will become for us our spiritual drink.

Blessed be God for ever.


                   The priest says:

Pray, brothers and sisters, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptabl to God, the almighty Father.

                   May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise 

                   and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy 



The priest says the Prayer over the offerings.

Through the Passion of your Only Begotten Son, O Lord, 

may our reconciliation with you be near at hand, 

so that, though we do not merit it by our own deeds, 

yet by this sacrifice made once for all, 

we may feel already the effects of your mercy. 

Through Christ our Lord. 



                   The Eucharistic Prayer                   

The Lord be with you

and also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give thanks and praise.


                   It is indeed right and just,

our duty and our salvation,

always and everywhere to give you thanks,

holy Father, almighty and eternal God,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

For as the time of his passion and resurrection draws near

the whole world is called to acknowledge his hidden majesty.

The power of the life-giving cross

reveals the judgement that has come upon the world

and the triumph of Christ crucified.

He is the victim who dies no more,

the Lamb once slain, who lives for ever,

our advocate in heaven to plead our cause,

exalting us there to join with angels and archangels,

for ever praising you and saying:

 Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

 Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness;

grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit,

and according to your holy will,

these gifts of bread and wine

may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed,

took bread and gave you thanks;

he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;

do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper

he took the cup and gave you thanks;

he gave it to them, saying:

Drink this, all of you;

this is my blood of the new covenant,

which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this, as often as you drink it,

in remembrance of me.


Praise to you, Lord Jesus:

Dying you destroyed our death,

rising you restored our life:

Lord Jesus, come in glory.

And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross,

his perfect sacrifice made once for the sins of the whole world;

rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,

and looking for his coming in glory,

we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.

As we offer you this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving,

we bring before you this bread and this cup

and we thank you for counting us worthy

to stand in your presence and serve you.

Send the Holy Spirit on your people

and gather into one in your kingdom

all who share this one bread and one cup,

so that we, in the company of Mary Mother of God, Joseph her spouse, St Nicolas, St Andrew and all the saints,

may praise and glorify you for ever,

through Jesus Christ our Lord;

by whom, and with whom, and in whom,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father,

for ever and ever.



The Lord’s Prayer                                                                                        

The priest invites the people to join with him in The Lord’s Prayer in these or other words:

At the Saviour's command and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.


Breaking of the Bread

The priest breaks the consecrated bread. 

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

Though we are many, we are one body,
because we all share in one bread.


                     Agnus Dei

Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.

Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.

Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world,
grant us peace.


                     Giving of Communion

The priest says the invitation to communion 

Behold, Jesus is the Lamb of God
who takes away the sins of the world.
Blessed are those who are called to his supper.

Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
but only say the word, and I shall be healed.


Communion Antiphon                        Mt 26: 42 


Father, if this chalice cannot pass without my drinking it,  your will be done. 


As the priest receives the Body and Blood with all his parishioners on his heart, please make a Spiritual Communion. Even though you cannot receive the Sacrament physically, ask God to give you the grace of Holy Communion.


Say the following prayer out loud:

Soul of Christ, sanctify me. 

Body of Christ, save me. 

Blood of Christ, refresh me. 

Water from the side of Christ, wash me. 

Passion of Christ, strengthen me. 

O Good Jesus, hear me. 

Within Thy Wounds, hide me. 

Suffer me not to be separated from Thee. 

From the malicious enemy defend me. 

In the hour of my death call me. 

And bid me come to Thee. 

That with all Thy Saints I may praise Thee 

For ever and ever. Amen.


                   Prayer after Communion                                                       


Let us pray.


Nourished with these sacred gifts, 

we humbly beseech you, O Lord, 

that, just as through the death of your Son 

you have brought us to hope for what we believe, 

so by his Resurrection 

you may lead us to where you call. 

Through Christ our Lord. 



¶                 The Dismissal                                                                                                              


The Lord be with you

and also with you.


                   If you are saying this alone, change the pray to may the blessing… and change you to us.


May the Father,

who so loved the world that he gave his only Son,

bring you by faith to his eternal life.



May Christ,

who accepted the cup of sacrifice

in obedience to the Father’s will,

keep you steadfast as you walk with him the way of his cross.

All                Amen.


May the Spirit,

who strengthens us to suffer with Christ

that we may share his glory,

set your minds on life and peace.



The blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.



Go in the peace of Christ.

Thanks be to God.